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About Portugal

The Romans occupied the Iberian Peninsula from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, and they left behind many important monuments to their presence.

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Portugal Background

Portugal gets its name from the Comitatus Portaculenis fiefdom which extended around the old Roman seaport of Portus Cale; now Oporto.

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The Visigoths came along in the 5th century and were followed by the Moors in the 8th century. Both of their styles can still be seen in Portugal's older buildings and churches.

Bermudo II, king of Leon, retook the northern territory, between the Douro and Minho rivers, from the Moors in 997 and  by 1064 Ferdinand I, king of Castile and Leon had completed the reconquest as far south as present-day Coimbra.

Alfonso Henriques, later Alfonso I, king of Portugal, rebelled against his mother and Spanish fiefdom in 1128, and in 1179 the pope recognised the independence of Portugal.

King Alfonso III completed the expulsion of the Moors from the Algarve and relocated the capital of Portugal, from Coimbra to Lisbon, during his reign (1248 to 1279).

In the 15th century Henry the Navigator, prince of Portugal, encouraged exploration of the African coast for an eastward route to the Indies to bypass Arab taxation and hostilities the traders might face in the Middle East.

The eventual route to India was not discovered until after Henry's death though: Vasco da Gama, in his voyage of 1497-1499, followed Bartolomeu Dias's 1487-1488 rounding of Africa and started the lucrative sea trading between Europe and Asia.

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Lisbon is the capital of Portugal.

If you're not on a charter flight to the beaches of the Algarve then you will probably arrive here by train from Spain, or fly in directly.

Walk through the old city of Lisbon and you might be tempted to think about the seamen and merchants who strolled the narrow, winding streets during the city's illustrious history.

The Monastery of Jeronimos was built in 1498 to remind us of these 15th-century seafarers who opened the ocean trade route to India.

US Embassy in Lisbon:
Av. das Forcas Armadas, 1600-081 Lisboa.

Portuguese Language

A commonwealth of Portuguese-speaking countries was formed on July 17th, 1996, to preserve the Portuguese language, co-ordinate diplomatic efforts, and improve co-operation among its members: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sao Tome e Principe.

Portuguese for Travellers:
Get to grips with Portuguese before you travel to Portugal.

Portugal Tourism

On a visit to Portugal, be sure to get into the countryside. Rural life is still the backbone of this Iberian country.

Even if your visit to Portugal is primarily to get a tan, you would miss the essence of the country if you didn't hire a car and visit some of the villages.

Many of Portugal's finest churches were created during the Renaissance and Baroque periods of the country's golden age.

Portugal Guides:
Tourism and sightseeing guides for the whole of Portugal.

Visit Portugal:
Enjoy the sunny climate and diverse geographic features of Portugal by discovering what is unique about each region: Alentejo, Algarve, Azores, Beiras Centro de Portugal, Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, Madeira and Porto e Norte de Portugal.


Only 30km from Lisbon, you would be missing out if you didn't leave the capital for a visit to Sintra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once referred to by Lord Byron as 'this glorious Eden'.

Sintra Sightseeing:
Abounding in history the town of Sintra is dominated by the two conical chimneys of the Palacio Nacional da Vila - the summer home of the Portuguese royal family since the 15th Century.

Hotel Nova Sintra Hotel Nova Sintra:
Ideally located in the old part of the village of Sintra with beautiful views over the unique hillside of this immortal landscape.

Quinta Verde Sintra:
If you're looking for a little turismo rural, a stay at this restored country house, with swimming pool, might be ideal for you.

Portugal Directories

Portugal Info:
Who, what, where and when in Portugal.

Portugal Virtual:
Click your way through hundreds of links devoted to accommodation resources, tourism guides, sights, activities, museums, shops and businesses in or related to Portugal.

Portugal Tours

Based in Lisbon, BikeIberia provides top biking services in Portugal and Spain to an international clientele.

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Travel Professionals Based in Portugal.

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